Stu & The Dude’s Weekend Wrap-Up: “Last Holiday,” Football Talk, and Rude Parkers.

By:

The Dude on the Right


It’s here, this week’s Stu and The Dude’s Weekend Wrap-Up.  Oddly enough we
both went to see "Last Holiday" with Queen Latifah.  I liked it more than
he did, but both of us felt wrong for liking a movie that pretty much had no
surprises.  There was also some football talk, specifically how bad the
Chicago Bears did, and Stu rants a bit about people who park rudely when getting
their morning coffee.  Me, I just wondered which express lane sign at the
grocery store takes precedence, the one hanging from the ceiling, or the one
from the cashier’s pole.

Thanks for listening and reading, and as always I welcome your comments.

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Funny how getting your car serviced can help you get work done.

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The Dude on the Right

I had to take the dude-mobile to get some servicing done so I figured what
better time to catch up on some reviewing than sitting in the waiting room at
the car shop.  I brought along my trusty new laptop and popped out reviews
of "Syriana," "Fun With Dick and Jane," "The Producers," and "Match Point.
I know, "What took you so long?", but I’ve got my reasons, and none of them good
enough or ones that I want to share.  Let’s just say that too many things
got in the way.  So, "Bamm!", four new reviews and a new blog all in one
day.

If all goes well we should have our first videocast by the end of the
month.  Sadly, yesterday, I ran into some computer issues that blew up a
file (I know, back-ups are the name of the game, but do you have a full back-up
of all of your work?) that set it back about a week.  Fine, I admit it, I’m
an idiot because this was important and I should have been doing a continual
back-up, but I didn’t.  Stu and I are in test mode right now for this
videocast, and now I’ve got to rebuild some things I should have never lost in
the first place, but at least I have my knowledge of doing it the first time, so
it shouldn’t be as difficult, kinda like riding a bike.

Enough rambling, read the new reviews, and have
a fabulous day.

That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

TV & “Battlestar Galactica,” “Match Point” & “The Notebook,” Sirius & Howard & Sulu.

By:

The Dude on the Right


So we’re a day late and a few dollars short, but this podcast is Stu and mine’s
weekend wrap-up.  Stu was happy because "Battlestar
Galactica
" returned from reruns, and I try to work through with him my TV
viewing troubles.  We also have some movie discussions about "Match Point"
and "The Notebook," and I hip Stu into the fact that I got a second
Sirius receiver for the
Dude-pad, specifically to hear all of
Howard Stern’s show,
and how George Takei
is Howard’s announcer this week and has been very funny so far.

Thanks for listening and reading, and as always I welcome your comments.

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Howard Stern is back, Survivor 12 presents another problem, and some movie awards you may not have heard about.

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The Dude on the Right


Stu Gotz couldn’t make it today for our weekend wrap-up, although we might try
to pull that off tomorrow, but I still wanted to hip you to some things you
might have missed over the past few days.  First off,
Howard Stern is back on
the air, but only if you pay for him, and from my perspective, if you were a fan
of his before the investment should be worth the money.  Secondly, my
television viewing will really get messed up in February as "Survivor"
kicks back in with its new season, against "Smallville"
and "Dancing
With the Stars
."  I’m so screwed.  Lastly, I talk about a
movie/video awards show you probably missed this weekend because, well, it
wasn’t on TV.  Lots of big winners, they even have a special effects
category, although the more I think about this, and I have to really stop
thinking about this, should they really have this category.  Oh well.

Thanks for listening and reading, and as always I welcome your comments.

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Howard Stern, Censored Again Because of “Let Freedom Ring,” The Dude’s Mom is Worried About “Dancing With the Stars,” and a Weekend Dilemma.

By:

The Dude on the Right

I’m still a little perplexed as to when to write a blog, and when to do a
podcast, mostly, because, in the grand scheme of things, the podcast is just so
much simpler.  All I have to do is flip a switch, start a couple of
programs, talk about what I’m thinking, and "Bam!!!", I’m done, other than
getting things posted.  But sometimes I just seem to be in the mood to
type, and this seems to be one of those times, especially adding links to things
that I am writing about.  Anyway, let’s go.

First off, and I guess I missed the bulk of the
story when I was back in Ohio around Christmas, but I didn’t realize Howard
Stern created such a

hubbabaloo
with his latest billboard campaign until a few days ago.  It
seems that Howard and
the folks at Sirius Satellite
Radio
launched a billboard campaign with the tagline "Let freedom ring. 
And let it be rung by a stripper." When I first heard the tagline I found it
kind of funny, and thought to myself "Self, wasn’t that in a Martina McBride
song?  I remember that line from somewhere?"  And then it occurred to
me, it was from the song "My Country ‘Tis of Thee."  That doesn’t seem to
be where the controversy came from, though.  It seems Dr. Martin Luther
King incorporated the phrase into his "I
Have a Dream
" speech, even referencing the song.  At least two
billboards were put up along Chicago expressways, meant, pretty much, to try and
catch the glimpse of those driving into downtown Chicago, probably on their way
to work, stuck in traffic, and maybe create a smile in the heart of every dude
and a little bit of disgust in the heart of every dudette.  Except,
according to a Reverend in Chicago, the phrase "Let freedom ring" was made
"popular" by Dr. King, and it is disrespectful to the African-American community
to trivialize it, and since the billboard locations were in African-American
communities, that made it even worse.

The
protest wasn’t started by the Reverend you might thing it would have been
started by, namely Reverend Jesse Jackson, but by a Catholic Priest, Rev.
Pfleger, who lost all respect by our own Stu Gotz when

he threatened to leave the Church if he was transferred
from his parish. 
In any case, it seems the Reverend Pfleger got his wish, and both Viacom and
Clear Channel

bowed to his pressure and removed the ads
after protest threats.  I
hope Sirius got their money back.  But that isn’t even my real problem with
this.  My problem is that both the Reverend and, yes, Reverend Jesse
Jackson did chime it later, made this thing about race and the location of the
original billboard, when the billboard’s location is meant for one thing, and
one thing only – to catch the glimpse of those driving into Chicago on the Dan
Ryan Expressway.  They use the fact that the billboard structure is located
in an African American community as their sounding board, that somehow this ad
is meant to trivialize Dr. Martin Luther King, and that’s bad.  Had this ad
been on a local billboard, at ground level in an African American community, I
might, sort of, agree with their argument, but I have to wonder, if the first
billboard got put up off of the Ronald Reagan Tollway here in Illinois, if they
would have even noticed, or cared.

On a
lighter note, my mother wonders about "Dancing
With the Stars
," and how did Jerry Rice and his partner get the score they
got the other night.  Mom says, and I quote "what’s
with Jerry Rice getting 3  7’s when actually all he did was move around while
she did all the shaking and I mean SHAKING!!!!!!!!!"  I had to agree with
my Mom, although I did admit to her that I was watching
his
partner
a hell of a lot more than the

greatest wide receiver ever in the NFL
.  I really hope there isn’t a
fix.

Well, I’ve got
to wrap up this blog and plan my weekend.  It’s looking like I’ll catch the
movies "Match Point," where I’m bound to fall back in love with Scarlett
Johansson, and either "Grandma’s Boy" or "The Ringer" for me being of the easily
amused and looking for something to be easily amused by.  And, oh yea, I
have one more dilemma to work out this week, namely do I buy another Sirius
receiver for my home or just listen to Howard in my car come Monday, January
9th, when freedom rings, and I, personally hope it will be rung by a stripper. 
From the replay of the test show on Howard 100 today, there looks to be many a
technical difficulty come Monday, enough which might actually make Howard’s head
explode.  I’m sure this would be much more entertaining on video, but even
on the radio, I’m thinking Howard can still make that pretty funny.  But
Johnny B.
is back in Chicago, and I started here listening to him when I first arrived
here back in 1985, even awakened one morning hearing our own Stu Gotz talking
with Johnny about things and a bunny rabbit, and I have been listening to him
since Howard has been off the air, and have found the Brandmeier-meister just as
amusing in a different way.  I’m so torn.  I guess the weekend, and my
compulsive disorder, will tell how this all works out.  I think I need a
couple of TIVO’s for my radio personalities now, but when would I listen to them
when I’m still watching my replays of "Dancing With the Stars?"  I’m so
screwed.

That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

The third time’s a charm and “Dancing With the Stars” talk.

By:

The Dude on the Right


I always said I would just push "Record," start talking, and let that be our
podcast.  Not this time, the third time had to be the charm.  The
first try had one computer glitch that I couldn’t fix on the fly, the second try
had my recording computer freeze thanks to a bad anti-virus program kick-in, so
I finally got everything to go on the third try.  The sad part is most of
it admits that I am a fan of "Dancing With the Stars" and ABC has now given me
huge problems on my Thursday night television viewing since I don’t have enough
TIVO’s to record everything I want to watch.

As always, I welcome your comments.

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Stu and The Dude’s Weekend Wrap-Up: A boring New Year’s Eve, a disgusting night watchman shack, and “The Producers” talk.

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The Dude on the Right


What better way to ring in the new year than with another episode of "Stu and
The Dude’s Weekend Wrap-Up!"  Yup, Stu and I got together to do a 15ish
minute discussion of our New Year’s Weekend.  Me, my Eve’s evening was
pretty boring, and Stu had his Pretty Lady’s parents in town.  We also did
a discussion about my seeing the new movie version of "The Producers," and just
how disgusting Stu’s old night watchman’s shack became over time.

As always, I welcome your comments.

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Our Last Podcast of Oh Five, With Some Reviewing of The Producers Thrown In.

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The Dude on the Right


I’ll be the first to admit that this podcast is probably pretty boring.  I
even thought about just deleting it altogether, but hell, I recorded it, I might
as well put it out there for your boredom pleasure.  Pretty much it’s talk
about me spending New Year’s Eve at home, all by my dude lonesome, and my couple
of resolutions, or goals, or whatever you want to call them.  There is some
reviewing of the new movie version of "The Producers" for your listening
pleasure, but in any case, Happy New Year!!

As always, I welcome your comments.

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Stu and The Dude’s Weekend Wrap-Up: Christmas stories and talk about “Fun With Dick and Jane.”

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The Dude on the Right


In this episode of "Stu and The Dude’s Weekend Wrap-Up," it’s actually a
Christmas Weekend wrap-up.  Sadly there was another death to a parent of
one of our friends, but for the most part, Stu recapped how getting a garbage
can for Christmas can be a good thing and how his son saw Santa, I talked about
how cash is a great Christmas gift, and we both discussed the movie "Fun With
Dick & Jane
."  I also started explaining to Stu how I have ruined "Santa
Clause is Coming to Town" and "The Year Without a Santa Clause" for my nephew,
and since then I’ve been informed that it’s Jingle and not Jangle who may have
been Flavor Flav’s major influence.  We’ve still got some audio issues
going on, but they’re getting better, I think.  Hope you had a nice
holiday, or at least the day off, for whomever you are.

As always, I welcome your comments.

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Hopefully it means we can all live together on this Earth of ours no matter what we believe.

By:

The Dude on the Right

This morning, while visiting my folks, a friend stopped by and I cheerfully
said, while snarfing down a bowl of
Frosted Flakes
, "Happy
Boxing Day!
"  She looked at me like I was an alien, although at first I
thought it was just the frosted flake stuck on my chin.  Then she said
"What?"  I retorted back, "Happy Boxing Day!"  Again I was an alien,
although by this time I was able to get rid of the stray flake so I knew it must
have been my comment that begat such a puzzled look and inquisitive tone. 
I quickly explained that today was "Boxing Day," the day after Christmas, and
it’s celebrated in places like Canada.  Knowing I was fighting a losing
battle in trying to explain any further, especially since I wasn’t totally
positive of its true meaning other than I thought it had something to do with
boxes and not boxing, I just sunk my face back into my bowl of cereal knowing
that Christmas was over, I would be heading back to the Chicago area soon, and
it was time to get back to normal, although this week wouldn’t be normal because
of some extenuating circumstances that may or may not come out in either a blog
or podcast this week, depending how things go.  For now I’ll just say some
of it is a bummer, some of it brings change, and some of it is supposed to bring
a new beginning, or at least a new year.

In any case, my Christmas weekend is
done, and it was pretty interesting.  I won’t go into much of it here, I’m
hoping Stu is ready for a Christmas Weekend Wrap-Up Podcast tomorrow, but if
not, I’ll host my own tomorrow night.  Here are some of the the low, mid,
and highlights.  The lowlight involved some bad news that no one really
wants to hear at this time of year, or really, at any time of year, namely a
friend’s parent passing away.  I learned this news on the drive back to see
my folks, and it really made for a reflective rest of the drive, in more ways
than one.  On the midlight side, there, under the Christmas tree at my
parent’s, was a card for me from my brother.  The thing was it was a thick,
puffy card, and I was suddenly struck with the paranoia that he actually got me
more than a card, that somehow a gift might have been stuck in there, and
suddenly my, his, and my sister’s agreement would come crashing to an end with
guilt for me.  On the highlight side, it was great to be home with the
family, although my sister and most of her family was missing.  I say most
of them because my nephew decided to hang out in the cold of Ohio rather than
the warmth of Texas.  For a sometimes change, I had someone to go with me
to a movie on Christmas Day, or on any day, so I didn’t have to go by my myself
and be what our staff member, Whammy, says of
people who go and see movies alone
I will always contend that I have to go because it’s my job.  Anyway, we
saw "Fun With Dick and Jane," which was pretty funny, pretty generic, and
hopefully a real review will follow in a couple of days.  I also realized
it wasn’t very nice to have an outside link describing my family in a bad light,
so, I actually removed them, although the Astros still got swept by the White
Sox, phhhhtttt.  And finally, on my highlight list, I believe I might have
ruined the animated shows "Santa
Clause is Coming to Town
" and "The
Year Without a Santa Clause
" for my nephew, mostly having to deal with the
Germans, the French, drugs, greedy kids, and a dude named
Flavor Flav (for a hint,
think of Jingle, or was it Jangle, oh hell, I don’t know, I’m just setting
myself a reminder to truly dissect these two animated shows next year in time
for the holidays, much like I did for my nephew as I watched them last night.)

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Good Kwanza, and I hope you enjoyed your
Atheist day off, or enjoyed whatever you might be celebrating at the end of the
year.  Hopefully all of it means we can all live together on this Earth of
ours with whatever we believe.  Sadly, it doesn’t seem that way. 
Here’s hoping next year is a little better that way.

That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!